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News, events, and reflections on urban experiments and social innovation

Sneak peek: Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables

This June we will have the opportunity to meet with some of Montreal’s neighbourhood roundtables! Find out more about the work of some of these changemaking organizations:  Vivre Saint-Michel en santé Vivre Saint-Michel en santé (VSMS) is a coalition of community organizations, citizens and institutions committed to fight against poverty and social exclusion. Their areas...
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Cities as a commons: Sharing vision, resources and power

by Alex Gillis Uber, Airbnb and other sharing enterprises allow people to buy rides, rent homes and hire people for everyday chores, but are those initiatives really about sharing? “They are full of the steroid of venture capital,” explained Julian Agyeman, co-author of the book Sharing Cities and professor of urban and environmental policy and...
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Learnings from The City as a Commons series

In late March (20-28), Julian Agyeman, Tessy Britton, Gorka Espiau and Rony Jalkh joined us for The City as a Commons conference series in three Canadian cities. Throughout these two weeks of activities they participated in meetings on how to advance transformative city building and thinking. Below are some takeaways from these gatherings: To strengthen...
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Building inclusive, resilient and innovative cities: Inspiration from Boston

Why a Study Tour in Boston? Boston is home to cutting-edge initiatives in social entrepreneurship (EforAll, the MassChallenge); neighbourhood revitalization and civic innovation (The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury Innovation Center); and youth engagement and social innovation (YouthBuild, DesignX-MIT and Mission Hill School). The city also inspires practitioners who...
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Placemaking for Peacemaking

This is the third in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we’ve had with urban innovators – from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities. For more information about placemaking, please click here. Rony Jalkh: Placemaking...
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Participatory cities grounded in practical, everyday acts

This is the fourth in a Placemaking Profile series in which we will share short conversations we’ve had with urban innovators – from those who are actively building places that foster social inclusion to those who listen, engage, and tell stories from the communities. For more information about placemaking, please click here. Tessy Britton: Participatory...
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Cities as Places of Transformation

Last May, Jayne Engle gave the keynote presentation at the Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) Symposium on the enormous transformative potential of cities - and the thorny obstacles that are preventing the kind of wholesale changes that would allow cities to be liveable, resilient, and inclusive. Here is the introduction to her presentation: Cities as...
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